and Caring Hearts
It has been a busy beginning to the new year in so many meaningful ways! New board and committee members, new staff and partnerships, special events and most importantly, our continued work of compassionately counseling, providing resources and guiding grieving children, teens, young adults and families to a place of healing and hope.
Our hearts are deeply grateful for our supporters as their generosity allows us to continue to provide grief counseling services by licensed mental health professionals at no cost to those who receive them. The immediate and long term impact of offering healthy modalities for grief expression is priceless not only to our clients, but our communities as well.
We feel thankful for the many referrals that we continue to receive from hospital/clinic clinicians, school staff, sport organizations, and family and friends to those we are grieving. Thank you for putting your trust in us! Since last year the number of clients we have served has doubled. We are continuing our search for a larger, peaceful space which will allow us to touch more lives. As always, we welcome you to reach out to us to learn more about our mission, vision, and services.
Sarah, Executive Director & Grief Counselor, LSW, FT
Cara, Clinical Director & Grief Counselor, LICSW
A true example of caring hearts putting compassion
and purpose into unexplainable pain.
The Grief Club is incredibly honored to have been a beneficiary of a recent event in memory of a young husband, dad, son, brother and friend who left this earth far too soon. On the second anniversary of Scott’s death his family, friends and community rallied together to support each other and honor his life doing something he loved…ice fishing. Special thanks to Charlie’s on Prior for hosting the event, the many generous donors to the silent auction and, of course, the Vig family.
Photo Above : Marty Ragnow (Board Member) & Cara Means-Thompson (Co-Founder)
Photo Above : Cara Means-Thompson (Co-Founder), Kristin Vig (Scott’s wife) & Sarah Kroenke (Co-Founder)
Photo Above : The Vig Family
On February 27th, 2020, Scott was supposed to help his brother for a bit and then meet us back at home with dinner. He never came back. In a split second, our lives were forever changed. We were blindsided by the massive loss of a wonderful husband and plugged-in dad. He was many things to many people, but to us, he was our world and our world just stopped. It was difficult to watch everyone carry on with their normal lives, seemingly happy and without a care. I started to feel alone and resentful. I also started to see negative changes in each of our three my daughters, each different ages and in different developmental stages of life. How was I supposed to manage my own grief, a household, and countless other things, while helping our daughters cope in a positive way? I was determined to not let the loss of such a beautiful life turn our family into something ugly.
I just knew I couldn’t do this on my own. I needed a support system of highly experienced people to help guide us in putting the pieces of our family back together. I reached out to Sarah from The Grief Club of Minnesota. She was so kind and gentle with us every step of the way. Story continued here >>
SUNDAY, MAY 22
11am : Race Start
Mark your calendars for a day of family fun! Back Channel Brewery is participating the MN Brewery Running Series and has chosen The Grief Club as their charity of choice! More details to come in the upcoming weeks. All are welcome!
REGISTER TO RUN HERE
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
We are excited to share that we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Hearts, Healing & Hope event. If you’d like to be a part of this event through time, talent, donations or sponsorships – please email Michelle @ firstname.lastname@example.org
In February we hired Allison, another skilled, experienced grief counselor and we recently welcomed Michelle onboard to assist with the operations of our organization. Both of their caring hearts are a great asset to The Grief Club. Click on their photos to learn more.
Photo Above : Allison Chant, MS, LMFT
Photo Above : Michelle TeBrake, Operations
We work individually with clients of all ages to understand, respect and support them where they are on their personal journey.
The death of a family member or close loved one affects the balance of the family system. Our goal is for families to share, listen, learn and heal.
PEER GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS
Grief support groups at The Grief Club utilize a community-based peer support model and are a safe place for children, teens, young adults and their families to find hope and connection.
TRAUMA & CRISIS RESPONSE
Our licensed mental health professionals and Certified Field Traumatologists assist schools and various community locations to help individuals and groups in crisis cope with immediate stressors.
Whether or not grief has touched your life, we welcome you to be a part of the compassion, community, and caring hearts in a way that is meaningful to you.
To learn more, please reach out to Michelle: email@example.com
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